Hardness and scratch test methods for the semiconductor and electronics industry


Mechanical properties of semiconductors are important because they can indicate whether the manufacturing process is correct or whether a functional layer sufficiently adheres to the substrate. However, semiconductor and electronic products are characterized by very small dimensions: The tiniest components in chips or printed circuit boards (PCB) can have dimensions of several nanometers only. So when the developers and manufacturers want to test their mechanical properties, they must use dedicated instruments. The most suitable techniques for mechanical characterization on nanoscale are nano indentation and nano scratch testing. These techniques can help with measuring hardness and adhesion or scratch resistance of thin films on wafer or glass. They can also be used for protective layers on displays or polymeric layers on printed circuit boards. Higher load scratch tests can be used for determination of scratch resistance of the casing of final consumer products such as mobile phones.

The main topics of this webinar will be:

  • What are typical features of semiconductor and electronics devices?
  • Measurements of passivation layers on wafers (hardness and adhesion)
  • Organic layers on OLED displays: How well do they adhere to glass?
  • Effects of Cu treatment on the adhesion of polymer PCB mask
  • Scratch resistance of mobile phone cases








Datum: 2020-06-23, 09:00 - 09:45 (CEST UTC+02:00)
Sprache: English
Vortragende: Jiří Nohava, PhD.

Jiri Nohava is the product competence manager at Anton Paar TriTec. He obtained his PhD in Materials Science at the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic). He joined Anton Paar TriTec in 2007 and has since become a specialist in instrumented indentation, scratch testing, and tribology. His main task is the development of new applications using Anton Paar products via scientific and industrial projects.

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